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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs an >> pelley: the ban expands. britain joins the u.s. in banning laptops and other electronics on some flights, in response to a terror threat. m so tonight, a ruling from the supreme court nominee. y nobody is above the law in this country, and that includes ie president of the united states. >> pelley: the president takes ealtbattle for his health care bill to the capitol... >> president trump was here to do what he does best, and that is to close the deal. >> pelley: ...while his daughter takes an office in the white house. and, rescue dogs. >> reporter: what would have happened to him had you not taken him in? >> pelley: paying back the kindness. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: this is our western edition. today, the united states and britain announced new restrictions aimed at heading off a terror attack aboard an incoming jetliner. electronic devices larger than a cellphone cannot be carried into the cabin. that means that laptops and tablets must be checked. but for the u.s., this ban affects only foreign airlines arriving from eight, mostly muslim countries. and for britain, foreign and british airlines arriving from six mostly muslim countries. jim axelrod now on what's behind all this. >> reporter: a u.s. official tells cbs news the electronics ban is designed to avoid a repeat of scenes like this one in somalia 13 months ago when a bomber detonated a laptop packed with explosives just after takeoff. miraculously, the pilot was able to land, and only the bomber was killed.
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analysts are now convinced al qaeda has developed the capacity to hide explosives within batteries of the size used in laptops and tablets. phone batteries aren't big enough to be included in the ban. white house press secretary sean spicer: >> terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressive in pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks. a reporter: while u.s. intelligence reports no specific plot, the ban will cover orssengers on nine airlines heading to the u.s. each day from 10 airports in eight middle eastern and north african countries. ins. carriers are not included, as they do not fly directly from the designated airports. the bombing in somalia depended on airport workers in mogadishu, seen on the bottom right, affiliated with the terror group al shabaab, handing the explosive-packed laptop to the bomber after security. u.s. officials worry about something similar. how does banning laptops from the cabin create less risk than if they're packed into luggage
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and cargo holds? manuel gomez is a former f.b.i. agent. >> it's not impossible that they could find a way to get a laptop inside of a plane and detonate it remotely, or even on a timer, but it's much more challenging for them, and it's a much more sophisticated type of bombing than it would just be if they have the laptop device on their seat in a plane. >> reporter: roughly 50 flights a day to the u.s. would fall under the ban, but it is not clear how these measures would stop a terrorist with a laptop from just using an airline or an orrport, scott, not included in the ban. >> pelley: jim axelrod for us tonight. jim, thank you. well, yesterday, the f.b.i. director confirmed he is investigating whether anyone in the trump campaign colluded with russia to sway the election. jeff pegues tells us tonight what he's learned about this, beginning with the man who once ran the trump campaign. >> reporter: one of paul manafort's most vocal critics is od ukraine. >> today, i present the
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documents signed by paul manafort. >> reporter: politician serhiy leschenko claims to have proof that manafort, president trump's former campaign chairman, was part of a money laundering scheme in 2009. leschenko says this contract shows manafort was paid $750,000 for about 500 computers. but leschenko says the money was actually for work manafort had done on behalf of former ukrainian president viktor yanukovich, who had ties to the kremlin and russian president vladimir putin. >> this payment, as we know, can to f was done to the paul manafort. >> reporter: manafort's spokesperson questioned the validity of the documents and said the allegations are "baseless." manafort was hired by the trump campaign in march of 2016. beginning in june, websites with alleged ties to russia, dcleaks, guccifer 2.0 and wikileaks began disclosing emails and data
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obtained in a wave of cyberattacks on democratic party officials. at yesterday's hearing, f.b.i. director comey confirmed the bureau opened its investigation in late july. that same month, then-candidate trump encouraged more cyberattacks on his rival, hillary clinton. >> russia, if you're listening, ahope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. >> reporter: then in august, manafort left the campaign amid questions about his ties to the anrmer pro-russian ukrainian leader. as part of its investigation, the f.b.i. is trying to determine whether there was any coordination between the trump campaign and russian officials, but according to this declassified intelligence assessment, the russian hacking efforts date back to as early as 2015. eric o'neill is a former f.b.i. 20unter-intelligence operative. >> there are no hackers. veere are only spies. .> reporter: you think so? e a spy is someone who is
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stealing information to further icause or to gain information that helps the policies of their government, or as we have seen in recent years, disrupt another government. >> reporter: yesterday, director imey suggested that it was possible that people colluded with russia without knowing it. scott, law enforcement calls those people "co-optees." >> pelley: jeff pegues in anshington. jeff, thank you. well, that russia investigation and mr. trump's false claim that his phones were tapped are eroding his credibility on stpitol hill, just as he faces one of the biggest votes of his presidency. today, capitalists on wall street worried about how much political capital he has. the dow was off more than 237 points, the biggest drop of the year, on concerns that the obamacare replacement won't pass, and mr. trump's tax cuts could be threatened next. today, the president tried to convince skeptical members of his party.
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the health care vote is scheduled for thursday, the outcome still uncertain. margaret brennan is following this. >> we had a great meeting and i think we're going to get a winner vote. >> reporter: on capitol hill, president trump tried to unite conservatives behind the newly revised republican health care maan. >> they're going to be adjustments made but i think we'll get the vote on thursday. >> reporter: mr. trump warned members of his own party they ibuld lose their seats and possibly their majority if they vote no. deeaker paul ryan: >> we made a promise. now is our time to keep that promise, and we keep our promise s.d the people will reward us. n't e don't keep our promise, it will very hard to manage this. >> reporter: ryan and the white house have revised the bill to entice conservatives, agreeing to freeze medicaid expansion, provide states an optional work requirement for medicaid, and give more help to older americans for insurance. that still may not be enough. in the meeting today, president trump called out freedom caucus chair mark meadows for his opposition, but that didn't
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ivange the north carolina conservative's vote. >> i'm still a no because the bill that we're currently considered-- considering, does not lower premiums for the vast majority of americans. >> reporter: well, republicans can only afford to lose about 21 votes, scott. the latest vote count shows at least 23 conservatives against it, putting the bill on the cusp of failure. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white house tonight. uncertainty over health care is weighing on patients and doctors at community clinics, which are used by nearly 10% of americans. dr. jon lapook has this story. >> reporter: every day at the erie family health center in chicago, dr. mark simon sees entients, mostly the working poor. >> people can come in and get their cancer screenings, their blood pressure checked, their cholesterol checked. and also, i think equally important, they can-- they can have a medical home. on reporter: dr. simon has seen tis practice dramatically expand under obamacare. the number of patients erie now
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serves has almost doubled over four years to more than 68,000. 63% get medicaid. of the 24 million people the congressional budget office projects would lose their health insurance under the new plan, erie health estimates that could include 9,000 of its patients. 61-year-old retired taxi driver lesly durand has heart disease, and he could be one of them. what kind of medical care were you getting before you had the insurance? >> none whatsoever. all i had to was, any time i feel some pain, i had to go to the cook county hospital. >> reporter: to the emergency room. >> i had to wake up at 3:00 in the morning to be there early. >> reporter: you want to be the first person in line. >> to be the first person in line to get inside, to go to the e.r. qu reporter: durand now volunteers coaching soccer. th's recovered from quadruple bypass surgery last year, and dreads any change that could leave him without insurance yet again. >> anything happen, i'm going to noe.
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not only me, many others. >> reporter: is this keeping you pi at night? >> yes, yes, it is. i see faces and see smiles, and i feel that they might be slipping away. he reporter: in 2015, community health centers served more than 24 million people. erie family health center anticipates that proposed changes to medicaid could drop medicaid coverage of their patients by as much as 85%. r. pelley: jon lapook. thank you, doctor. today, a childhood friend of the ntarleston church shooter was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison. joey meek admitted that he knew dylann roof planned to attack a chack church, but he stopped a friend from turning roof in. onne parishioners were killed at the emanuel a.m.e. church in june of 2015. edof was convicted and is now on death row. today, the republican senate majority leader said he will oppose the president's proposed cuts in foreign aid.
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mitch mcconnell said diplomacy and charity are cheaper than war. mr. trump's plan to cut foreign aid comes as america is helping to feed millions of people in africa and the middle east. tonight, at least 100,000 face starvation in south sudan, the world's newest nation and one of the least developed. debora patta visited a hospital in the capital, juba. >> reporter: 11-year-old james abel is so malnourished he walks like an old man. his thin legs look as if they will break every time he takes a step. "my parents are dead" is the only thing he said when he arrived at the all sabbah children's hospital three weeks ago. head nurse betty achang told us uel is severely traumatized after watching his parents shot in front of him. he barely eats the food he so desperately needs.
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>> he cries and he says he wants the mother and the father. >> reporter: abel is just one udre victim of south sudan's three-year civil war, and now there is a new weapon-- starvation. e e million children are in desperate need of food, but the fierce fighting means aid workers cannot reach the areas that need it most. there are critical food shortages now throughout the country. >> i just feel pain. what can we do? a school-- a child is supposed to be in school, and they are sut supposed to be dying just like that. >> reporter: today, six-month- old monica was admitted. poe weighs less than nine aunds, and when her stick-like arms are measured it shows up red on the tape measure. the marker says red. what does that mean? >> it means the child is severely malnourished. >> reporter: there are so many beildren needing help that the hospital has run out of beds. monica's mother is given a mattress.
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here, at least, they will get some food and medical care, like two-year-old bang weda, who is so weak, he doesn't even open o s eyes to register the prick of a needle. hunger has sucked the spirit out of him, just like this war has sucked the hope from this young country. debora patta, cbs news, juba, south sudan. >> pelley: coming up next on the e bs evening news," judge gorsuch declares his independence from president trump. and, mr. trump's daughter takes a bigger role in the administration. i've been blind since birth. i go through periods where it's hard to sleep at night, and stay awake during the day. learn about non-24 by calling 844-844-2424. or visit my24info.com. hi hey you look good. thank you, i feel good. it all starts with eating right.
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vmocrats pressed judge gorsuch on his views. >> can you do a yes or no? >> it's taking a lot of time to get what i would think would be a fairly simple answer. >> i just want a yes or no, that's all. >> reporter: and throughout the day, this was gorsuch's response: n i'm not going to say anything here that would give anybody any rea how i'd rule in any case like that. i think that's the beginning of the end of the independent judiciary. his n't think this is simple stuff at all, senator. i think this is hard stuff. >> reporter: gorsuch has served on the federal bench for more than a decade. as the senators grilled him on key issues like abortion, terrorism, and gun rights, gorsuch didn't tip his hand. at times, the harvard law rvaduate came across more relaxed than some of the senate's more senior democrats, like vermont's patrick leahy. >> i'm a lawyer from a small town. >> right, i've heard that story. >> reporter: republicans like south carolina's lindsey graham use their time to try to fend off democratic attacks and show ksrsuch's independence from president trump. >> did he ever ask you to over- rule "roe v. wade"? >> no, senator.
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skedhat would you have done if he had asked? >> senator, i would have walked out the door. >> reporter: as the day went on, democrats had enough. >> the neil gorsuch in these emails seems to be very, very mmiliar with politics. >> reporter: minnesota's al franken quoted emails gorsuch wrote in 2004 when he wanted to join the bush administration. >> "i spent some time in ohio working on the election." this is you. "what a magnificent result for the country. for me, personally the experience invigorating and a great deal of fun." now, that doesn't sound like someone who "steers clear" of politics to me. >> reporter: now, no democrat has said they will vote for gorsuch, and, scott, right now, for him to get confirmed, eight would have to break away and join with republicans. >> pelley: jan crawford for us. jan, thank you. still ahead, first family ties. e may weigh on your mind. thinking about what to avoid,
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can tell you, the real estate mantra is location, location, location. now, ivanka trump, the former executive vice president of her father's company, has laid claim to a few square feet of prime property, just steps from the oval office. here's anna werner. >> reporter: president trump has aupt his daughter ivanka close by his side at recent high- profile meetings like with germany's angela merkel, and canada's prime minister justin trudeau. now, along with a west wing office, she's getting a security clearance. why? her attorney says it's to make sure any classified information she sees is protected. her role in the white house, said her attorney jamie gorelick in a statement, "is to advise her father and assist on initiatives that are important to her." >> raising children. >> reporter: initiatives including child care, mentioned by mr. trump last september. >> and i'm very grateful to her for her work, her efforts. >> reporter: in an interview
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last may with "cbs this morning's" norah o'donnell, trump herself described how she might interact with her father. >> i give him my opinion and perspective on anything that i'm interested in speaking about or he's interested and receptive in d aring about. >> reporter: now she says she's voluntarily placing her assets into a trust controlled by relatives. yestyesterday, she said in a "atement she will "voluntarily follow all of the ethics rules placed on government employees." the white house maintains she bn't be paid, and she won't be an employee, but richard painter, who was chief white house ethics lawyer for president george w. bush and part of a conflict of interest lawsuit against president trump, says: pt this is not optional. when she is performing government functions, in a government office building, including the west wing of the white house, she is without a doubt a government employee. >> reporter: well, painter says given that ivanka trump maintains ownership of her businesses, white house staff should be careful to keep her out of trade discussions-- for
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>> pelley: we end tonight with that special relationship between people and dogs. ben tracy has the story of people saving the lives of dogs hid the dogs paying it forward. e naeporter: this little terrier used to go by the name "cry baby." >> good boy! gi reporter: it made sense, given how much pain he had endured. >> he was hit by a car. his back was broken. >> reporter: he was in tough shape? >> bad shape. >> reporter: his two hind legs
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were paralyzed, and after surgery, his family no longer wanted him. >> it's okay, buddy. >> reporter: but susan fulcher did. she gave him a new home and a new name, presley. >> come here. he reporter: it's something fulcher has done more than 25 times through her organization, darma rescue. but this isn't just about keeping these dogs alive. >> good boy! >> reporter: it's about helping them really live. e dohat's what we do, and we do it well. >> reporter: she fits each one of them with a custom doggy wheelchair. with just two working legs, they are now on a roll. what kind of reactions do these dogs have when you put those wheels on them for the first time? >> they immediately take off. we only have one dog that it took me i don't know how many times to get her to move, and that would be lovey gaga, the one in the pink wheelchair. >> reporter: she's a bit of a d va, and probably doesn't realize her idle wheels cost r out $500. but to whom much is given, a
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little is expected. after some training, these rescues have become therapy dogs. they visit schools to provide stress release for kids with learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and autism. >> it's terrific and magnificent how they actually have a purpose in life after they're hurt. they get love that they actually deserve. >> reporter: you have given them this second chance. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: do you enjoy seeing them give back to other people? >> oh, yeah. absolutely. in this world right now, we really need to think about just giving more, caring more. >> reporter: and despite limitations, we are capable of so much more. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: there's a lot of fight in fido. that's the "cbs evening news" ghr tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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been eating away at this east bay backyard.. ches from the pool. kpix 5 news at 6:00 begins with homes on the edge of disaster. a creek that's been eating away at this east bay backyard now just inches from the pool and the next storm could be the tipping point. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. new at 6:00 tonight, pleasanton families scrambling to save what's left of their backyards. kpix 5's juliette goodrich first told us about the erosion damage to homes off foothill road near the arroyo de la laguna creek. it's gotten worse? >> reporter: well, veronica, i'm in one homeowner's backyard here in pleasanton so you can see the backyard and you can see the pool here, but this pool is just feet away from the edge here. literally. the yard used to extend more than 25 feet further but day by day it's been eroding away. now, work crews are diligently working to add more support to this cliff but time is not on
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their side with rain in the forecast. >> as soon as the water hits the loose dirt it will tank- will take chunks. it's a nightmare. this is truly what i have watched and lived through myself what i have watched happen emotionally physically with my wife and family. >> reporter: one sign of hope zone 7 water district work crews in the arroyo de la laguna creekbed all day trying to prevent further erosion but the clock is particular. >> it rained last night and will rain later this week. 25 feet in one day. >> reporter: tarps and sandbags are brought in as an emergency fix but once the first storm hit the force of the water

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